What kind of person are you?

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2018 calendar3 Personality Traits I’m Proud Of

I love new years, turning the calendar page, starting anew … and yes, I’m one of “those” people who jots down a few new year’s resolutions, or commitments, or goals. Call it whatever you want, I like to improve myself, or at least attempt to!

But sometimes we need to appreciate the good things about ourselves. I know it feels wrong to brag on yourself. Am I right? Feels…well, the opposite of humble. But I liked this blog topic, because I want to know 3 personality traits that YOU are proud of. I’ll go first, so you won’t feel too shy.

  1. I’m energetic. This isn’t always seen as a positive by other people. Some people say I “wear them out.” Hahaha. But I like being energetic. I like feeling full of life and energy and optimism. I like bringing energy into a room. My dad was like this–a little loud sometimes, a little boisterous, but always full of energy.
  2. I’m faithful. I stick by my friends. It doesn’t matter what they’ve done or if they’re in a whining mood. In my opinion, when you enter into a friendship it’s for life. When you say “I’m your friend” you’re really saying that you love someone, that you will pray for them, that you will be there for them. I think I’ve learned how to be a faithful friend from people who have been a good friend to me.
  3. I’m a listener. I’ve learned that it’s more important to listen to people than to talk to them. I want to hear what people have to say. People are interesting. God made people, and most people have something important to share. I like listening because I learn a lot, and it makes me feel closer to others.

Now how about you? What are 3 personality traits that you’re proud of?

I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you a paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Netta D.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Giveaway. My new Rafflecopter giveaway is live, and I think you’re going to love these prizes. Check my webpage for details.
  • Pinterest Fun. Join my 2018 Reader Challenge on Pinterest. All you have to do is pin a picture to my board of yourself reading a VC book. Email Kristy Kremer (at) gmail (dot) com to be added to the board so you can post!
  • On Sale for a limited time: You can purchase the entire Remnant Series for $7.57 Available everywhere ebooks are sold, but best prices are on Amazon https://buff.ly/2BE6FHV. Books 2 and 3 are only $1.59 each.
  • My newest releases, Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are only $3.99 in the kindle store, and free if you participate in Kindle Unlimited. Details at https://buff.ly/2iILEaz

A Better Holiday

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Christmas reindeer with fun gifts. Vector illustration

Have you ever had the thought that you’d like this Christmas to be a better holiday? You know–none of the drama or exhaustion or credit card bills? I know exactly what you mean. So today I thought I’d share my top 7 ways to have a better holiday.

  1. Rest. If you’re tired, take a 20 minute nap. If you didn’t sleep well the night before, go to bed early. Especially during the holidays, it’s important to get the amount of sleep you need.
  2. Eat. Too often we grab a granola bar or worse yet, fast food. Take the time to eat right during the holidays and ease up on the sweets–a cookie or two is okay. A dozen will probably make you feel bad.
  3. Relax. Remember to breath and relax. Worried about whether you bought the right gift? Don’t. Frustrated when dinner isn’t perfect? It’s okay. Take a few deep breaths and relax.
  4. Laugh. The holidays really do produce a lot of tension. Watch a cartoon. Pick up a funny book. Check out a Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund video.
  5. Take a walk. Even if it’s only a short walk around the block, a walk can help to put things in perspective.
  6. Give someone a break. Don’t honk at that car that is slow. Smile at the waitress even if she messes up your order. Give family members a pass if they’re late for dinner or forget to call. We’re all dealing with a lot of stuff during the holiday season, so give someone a break.
  7. Read the Christmas story. Want to get back in touch with the real meaning of Christmas? Try reading about Christ’s birth. You can find it in Luke 1:26-38, or you can read it on-line here.

What about it? Do you have a tip for a better holiday? If so, please leave a comment. I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you an autographed paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Deb S.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • NEW RELEASES. Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are two new clean romantic suspense novels–available now in print and ebook in the Kindle store. Details here.
  • Giveaway. I’ll have my new Rafflecopter up within the next week. I’m planning some fun things to give away in 2018. Check back at my webpage for details.
  • Pinterest Fun. Join my 2018 Reader Challenge on Pinterest. All you have to do is pin a picture to my board of yourself reading a VC book. Email Kristy Kremer (at) gmail (dot) com to be added to the board so you can post!

Pick a Memory

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It seems that during the holiday season, more than any other time of year, our thoughts turn to special memories. That’s probably completely normal. It’s also probably normal for many of those memories to be happy and a few to be sad. It’s important for us to remember the people who had such an influence on us, who are a big part of who we turned out to be.piano 001

I love to look back over pictures of Christmas as a child, the houses where we used to live, my hair in a pigtail, wearing a romper, practicing those piano scales. Those were simpler times–before life became busy and complicated.

This year as we find our self in the midst of Thanksgiving meals and Christmas celebrations, maybe it would be good if each day we tried to focus our mind on one happy memory–something that can remind us that life is good, and God is on our side, and people care about one another.

What about it? Do you have a happy memory from past holiday seasons? Care to share? I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you an autographed paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Janet E.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • My complete Amish Village Mystery series on sale in the Amazon store for $5.99. That’s 3 books for under $6.
  • I have my Christmas Giveaway up via Rafflecopter. Check out the details on my main page.
  • My Pebble Creek series is also on sale for $2.99 each for all 3 e-books ($8.97 for the series).
  • Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are two new clean romantic suspense novels–available soon. Details here.

Clean & Wholesome Fiction

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Defending America Series

I’m crazy excited to announce that I have two new books up for pre-order. Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are fast paced, suspense-filled, emotionally-driven books that are clean and wholesome. There’s no foul language, no adult scenes, just good clean fiction. If you’ve read my books Hidden or Protected, they are very similar to those books.

CR and RS 99c

Because I’m publishing these books independently, I’m able to control the price. I’ve always hated that books pre-order for full price (say $9.99), and then go on sale later. I feel like the people who are my faithful readers should receive the best price. So I’m reversing that trend. I’m starting at 99 cents, then in a week it will go up to $1.99, then $2.99 and it will finally settle out at $3.99. It will never be higher than that! These titles will also be available in Kindle Unlimited (so if you have that service, WAIT until release day and you can read for free).

So why the switch to Clean & Wholesome fiction? It’s not really a switch. I’m publishing these two books hoping that I can increase my readership and that my writing will cause new readers to try Christian fiction. Of course, I hope my old readers will enjoy these books as well. But to assure you, there are plenty of Christian books and Amish books coming out in the near future (Who the Bishop Knows releases March 1).

I will say that these are some of the favorite characters I’ve ever written. Aiden and Madison (Coyote’s Revenge) are like family to me–it’s as if I’ve lived their experiences. Okay, I did hike some in Glacier, but that’s as close to danger as I managed to go. Dean and Lucy (Roswell’s Secret), well I think they’re the most romantic love story I’ve ever written. If you believe love can bloom in the most dangerous of situations, then you might agree with me! Thank you for joining me in this journey to broaden my reader base. I appreciate each one of you.

Leave a comment to be entered for a $10 Amazon certificate. Let me know what you think about these new releases, or you can just tell me if you’ve ever visited Montana or New Mexicao.

Blessings,

V


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Snack Time

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8 Favorite Foods

Writers spend a lot of time alone. It’s part of the job! The only way you can think through your characters, straighten up your plot, and write the book that God has given you to write is to go into your office and get it done.

But I like learning about my readers. I like meeting people and finding out interesting things about them. This week, let’s talk food.

I have some favorite food categories–like chocolate. Isn’t that a food group? That and coffee! So I thought I’d share 8 of my Continue reading

Conference Craziness

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Why bother going to a conference?

Authors spend a lot of money to attend conferences. As a teacher, I did the same thing but the school district paid for it. When an author goes to a conference, they pay all expenses. So is it worth it? Why bother? The answer to that depends where you are in your writing career. I attended the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas last week for several reasons. IMG_0604

1. I wanted to meet up with my agent. Steve Laube is based out of Phoenix, AZ, so we don’t get to see each other much. Conference is a good time to touch base, discuss upcoming contracts, and talk about baseball cards. (Wait–that was Steve and my husband who talked Continue reading

Bishop Henry is BACK

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When the Bishop Needs an Alibi 12-12-16New Release–When the Bishop Needs an Alibi

I’m thrilled to announce the release of book 2 in my Amish Bishop series. When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is now available in stores everywhere.

Hopefully you’ve read What the Bishop Saw and met Henry Lapp. Henry is the best of all the pastors I’ve known. He’s wise and kind and friendly. He cares about his flock. He loves doing Continue reading

My Guilty Pleasure

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Things I Love to Do

IMG_0102I think the title of this blog is funny, because I don’t really feel guilty about the things that I enjoy. I’ve come to believe that “self care” is really important. It helps us to keep a positive clear outlook on life. It helps us to be the kind of people we should be–generous, kind, optimistic. It helps us to see God’s hand gently guiding our lives. Taking care of Continue reading